Lilaloka, the place of Play (in Sanskrit), offers a new educational approach centred on Joy, in order to become our own life’s creator. Through Joy the child blossoms, finds his path, gains trust in his potentialities. Joy connects us to our inner child, to others and gives a meaning to life: it is a crucial value to recover in today’s world. Lilaloka offers various activities, based on Play, which allow the child to reveal himself as an individual and amongst others, without competition or judgement. This place is opened to all children, schooled or not, having difficulties or not, beyond all categorizations and allowing mixes of ages. The team of Lilaloka wants to work in collaboration with schools and parents, considering each child as an evolving being.
The place where play transforms,
where joy opens the path
As flowers blossom in the sun,
children blossom in joy
- The Play of Painting: This collective activity (mixed age groups, children and adults) is based on non-judgement, on self-discovery and on free expression through painting (the Arno Stern concept). It respects the rhythms and specificities of each one, unique amongst others, beyond all competition. “The Art of Painting aims at the production of a piece of art. The play of Painting gives birth to the formulation: a code which is original, coherent and universal”.
- Individual Play Sessions: This activity offers the opportunity to the children to discover themselves, to find their inner joy, and their own way to handle challenges. The children lead the play with the presence of a witness who accepts them fully as they are and acts as a mirror if necessary.
- Recreational horse riding for differently-abled children: the horse brings an image of strength, vitality and dream enabling the child to widen his or her possibilities, develop a new form of communication and socialisation. It helps the child to grow in trust and self-esteem.
- Painting and Meditation: Creativity emerges from the deepest silence. Guided meditations are offered to the children as a preparation to free expression through painting. We wish to broaden our scope to adults and experiment with “Painting and Meditation” retreats.
- Specialised library for children: A daring turtle-shaped building will host this place of reading and invention of stories and will include a puppet theatre, a room of secrets, story-telling...
- The Magical Garden: The contact with nature is a source of peace and joy. Lilaloka’s garden will be a space of mystery, discoveries (flowers, fairies, elves, tree houses, stones, waterfall...) and connexion to the Earth. Awareness activities on environment and nature will be offered.
- Nature’s Theatre: An introduction to mathematics as a quality instead of only a quantity; a discovery of “the magic underlying simple shapes”. We construct geometrical figures, relate them to their number and character and learn to recognize them in ourselves and our surroundings. This activity develops into building in nature and performances. From a first point, we create worlds.
- Research and trainings: Lilaloka’s team wishes to share its knowledge and offer trainings to students and educators from all countries, attracted by the international aspect of Auroville. Indian researchers in the educational field will particularly be welcome.
- Creation and publication of books and games: Creating beautiful stories and new games for children, but also tools and books for educators is part of Lilaloka’s activities.
- Other units and activities are envisaged: A music room, a game library, a hall for collective activities such as awareness through the body, dance, aikido, singing, yoga, relaxation, story telling...
Professionals in the field of education since long, we work with children of all ages (even with adults), various nationalities, with and without specific needs. Each one of us has developed her own speciality. More people are joining the Lilaloka team (for example the coordinator of Nature’s Theatre).
“Each individual is a special manifestation in the universe; therefore his true path has to be absolutely unique.”